Posted by: isaac aggrey | March 21, 2012

THE CENTRE FOR YOUTH IN POLICY REFORMS (CYPR) “Movement to Advance the Cause of Democratic Governance”

The Centre for Youth in Policy Reforms (CYPR), an initiative of West Africa Social Entrepreneurs Network exist in its own right to Push for reform in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on the right of citizens to public information.

Its aim is to provide citizens with a platform to voice their needs, giving them a collective voice to advocate for change and providing them with practical intellectual ICT skills to monitor and expose inefficiencies and corrupt practices in society.

The centre represents the culmination of years of hard work by the West Africa Social Entrepreneurs Network Planning Commission. This much awaited centre detailed the road map on economic prosperity; democracy and delivery; sound infrastructure; population development and security; and technological readiness to achieving our vision for the youth in sub-Saharan Africa.

Clearly a great deal of work is required to achieve this, none the least of which will require: improving public services, increasing public integrity, more effectively managing public resources, creating safer communities, produce openness and transparency as a basis of holding our governments to account.

By bringing together foremost thought youth leaders in Africa, CYPR has become more than just a policy reform centre; it is an action-inspiring centre, creating partnerships, shaping and the sharing of proven best practices.

The youth in Ghana has started creating a path towards a wide-spread policy revolution. And we mean a real revolution reaching across disciplines, across sectors and across borders, sparking the conversation to ensure support for policy reform that surpasses the normal tipping point.

John F Kennedy inspired a nation to greatness with “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country’ and with ‘by the end of the decade we will put a man on the moon”.

The same goes for Martin Luther King who inspired a social revolution with “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed”.

There is a shift of power and influence away from the European world, and we in Ghana and people across Africa are starting to take advantage of that shift.

Around the world, people are expecting not only to be heard but to be listened to.

CYPR has become a clarion call to governments and policy makers urging them to support the youth in Africa, primarily to become leaders who will advocate for a more open, just, transparent and accountable governance.

Every generation has the opportunity to engage and change the society they inherited, CYPR will monitor progress, bring pressure to bear and help the nation stay the course whiles pressurising the government to deliver.

Furthermore, CYPR will produce a vision of what our country should look like 20 or 30 years from now. In February, the commission presented the first draft proposal of a set of actions to address the challenges we face in Ghana to all stakeholders involved.

CYPR is aware that the job of effectively meeting these challenges will rest mainly on the shoulders of the young men and women of our dear country.

On that basis, our youth will become empowered to set demands for a government that serves its interests and that is capable of winning and keeping their loyalty.

There is an agreement to create an open platform for continuing dialogue and reviewing of development effectiveness with the government, the shape of which will take form in our next phase of action in the coming months, we therefore encourage all to get involve in steering the change we need to see in our beloved country Ghana.

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